The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate
Human embryonic stem cells can divide indefinitely and have the potential to develop into many types of tissue. Research on these cells is essential to one of the most intriguing medical frontiers, regenerative medicine. It also raises a host of difficult ethical issues and has sparked great public interest and controversy.
This book offers a foundation for thinking about the many issues involved in human embryonic stem cell research. It considers questions about the nature of human life, the limits of intervention into human cells and tissues, and the meaning of our corporeal existence. The fact that stem cells may be derived from living embryos that are destroyed in the process or from aborted fetuses ties the discussion of stem cell research to the ongoing debates on abortion. In addition to these issues, the essays in the book touch on broader questions such as who should approve controversial research and what constitutes human dignity, respect, and justice. The book contains contributions from the Ethics Advisory Board of the Geron Coroporation; excerpts from expert testimony given before the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, which helped shape recent National Institutes of Health policy; and original analytical essays on the implications of this research.
About the Editors
Suzanne Holland is Assistant Professor of Religious and Social Ethics at the University of Puget Sound.
Karen Lebacqz is Gordon Sproul Professor of Theological Ethics at the Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
Laurie Zoloth is Professor of Social Ethics and Jewish Philosophy and Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University.
—James Lindemann Nelson, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University
—David Magnus, Bioethics Center, University of Pennsylvania
—Audrey R. Chapman, Ph.D., Director, Science and Human Rights Program, American Association for the Advancement of Science Program in Science and Religion
CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book for 2002